|Photo by Mike Vargas|
By air: You can go to Bohol via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific.
Note: To see schedule of flights, please check the airline’s official websites.
By sea: Another option to visit Bohol when your starting point is not in Manila is through a fast ferry. You can ride the ferry at Cebu, Dumaguete or Siquijor.
Things You Need To Know
|Alona Tropical, Panglao|
- Alona Tropical
- Bohol Beach Club
- Balicasag Island Dive Resort
- Alona Kew White Beach Resort
- Alona Palm Beach Resort
- Panglao Island Nature Resort
- Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa
Trivia: Did you know that the Alona Beach in Panglao Island is named after the sexy actress Alona Alegre because she was the first one who wore a swimsuit on the said beach?
Meal: Food being served in resorts are way expensive. It costs 250-300 per person for a full meal. Majority of food served is Western cuisine because almost all guests are foreigners. So, if you are on a tight budget, better pack enough food or buy at Tagbilaran City, which, by the way, is 25-30 minutes away from Panglao.
Tour: Upon arrival in Tagbilaran airport, there are lots of services and guides that are very willing to drop you off at your hotel or resort in Panglao. Rate varies on what kind of transportation you want. Tricycle is Php200.00 while an air conditioned car is Php400.00. With regard to the country tour, your hired vehicle can also serve as your tour guide in Bohol.If you want to book a tour guide before you arrive in Bohol, there are many websites that give away numbers of their recommended tour guides or you may try the following tour guides below.
- Kuya Rod: 09185914969/Rodboholtours@yahoo.com
- Kuya Jun Malisa: 09287342073
- Mang Jun: 09176905627
- Paul Bernard Incon- 09297623614
- RJ Intano- 09173245488
- Kuya Ranil- 09193443365
- Kuya RJ- 09273496197
- Kuya Dodong- 09292742015 and 09166396347
|Bohol Beach Club|
Important Things You Need
- Moisturizing soap and lotion (some tap water in the area is salty so you need this one)
- Sunblock (Protect your skin)
- Shades (protect your eyes)
- Insect repellent lotions
Always bring extra dough. It is better to bring more money especially on a trip where scouting the area for ATM machines is such a big hassle. Below is a rough estimate of the budget one needs to have an escapade in Bohol that's truly worth remembering.
Note: Prices are subject to change so it's still advisable to contact hotels, tour guides and airlines.
* Good for one person only
- Airfare- Php3,500 (two way)
- Accommodation- Php 900.00/night
- Food- Php 1,500 (depends on the type of food you will eat)
- Touring- Php2,800 (includes the day tour and service fee to and fro Tagbilaran airport. You can haggle though)
- Entrance Fees- Php 400.00 (lunch and tour in Loboc River included)
- Boat- P2,000 (Island tour, but you can also haggle on the price)
- Pasalubong- Php 500.00
You need to have: Php 11,000/person is the safest budget if one will follow the itinerary below. But traveling in big group will definitely save you lots of money so it's highly suggested that you go with friends.
If you fly via Cebu Pacific, you’ll probably arrive in Bohol after lunch. If via PAL, it depends if what flight you’ll be booked. Either way, your first day in Bohol should be a time for relaxation and just
Scout for a perfect place to dine in and just enjoy the view together with your welcome drink. (Resorts usually offer a welcome drink to their guests) Before the day ends, contact your tour guide to remind him of your touring the next day.
But did you know that the site where the monument now stands is not the original location of the blood compact? Few steps from the memorial, is the exact place of Legazpi and Sikatuna’s amity. On the right is the original site of the Blood Compact. A small monument was built together with a brief background of that historical event.
|Photo by Mike Vargas|
Baclayon Church is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Beside the church is the Baclayon Museum where the old garments, stuff, chairs and images of the church and religious people were stored and preserved. The place was even more eerie than the church itself. By the way, entrance is Php15.00 per head and camera or even camera phones are not allowed.
3rd Stop: Tarsier at Loboc
The Man-made Forest comprises thousands of mahogany trees that were planted by Boholanos to prevent soil erosion. Soon enough, this lush green passageway from Loboc to Carmen became one of Bohol’s most sought after destinations.
5th Stop: Chocolate Hills (Carmen)These green and sometimes brown hills are located in Sagbayan and Carmen. However, it’s more suitable to go to Carmen because there’s one hill with steps where tourists can actually experience going up the hill sans walking plus it also have several souvenir shops up there . Approximately, there are more than a hundred steps before you reach the topmost portion of the hill and once you do, you will learn about the origin of the hills. Based on the bronze plaque, the chocolate hills were a formation of the limestones and clay.
Before heading to Loboc River for a lunch, consider stopping by the Hanging Bridge first. There are lots of souvenirs and “pasalubongs” being sold in the area as well. It isn’t supposed to be a tourist attraction at first, rather just a bridge connecting two towns, but since its unique and fascinating feature attracts many people, it soon became one of the major tourist attractions in Loboc, Bohol.
7th stop: Loboc River
A trip to Bohol is not complete unless he has lunch (their singers are very good) is an experience that should not be missed. The whole trip lasts for about 1 hour and at the end of the river is the Busay Falls where all the floating restaurants will make a stop over before heading back. The songs are very well chosen and songs like “Pinoy Ako” by Orange and Lemons and “Magellan” by Yoyoy Villame will surely lift up the Filipino pride in you.
at the famed Loboc River. The cost of the buffet meal per pax is Php260.00 and it’s worth every penny. The food, the cruise along the river plus the entertainment
Prony the python is considered the largest reticulated python in captivity in the Philippines. Owners of Prony claim that they caught the snake near their house way back 1996 and from then on treated the snake as part of their family. Prony takes a bath four times a day and eats a whole 60-kilo of live pig once a month.
|Photo taken from Bohol.ph|
If you still have plenty of time after your pasalubong hunting at "Aproniana" (famous souvenirs shop in Bohol), you might want to check out Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis. It has a man-made spiral ladder that leads to an underground pond where both ends are open. There are lots of stalactites and stalagmites in the cavern and dipping into the pool is not encouraged as the waters there are not clean. Hinagdanan means “laddered” in the Visayan tounge.
Before the sun sets, it is expected that you’ll be back again at the
resort, not unless you want to check out the city, which, by the way, has really no night life at all.
|Tabuan, Cebu (betst place to buy danggit and dried pusit)|
Since this tour is only half day, you can go back to the resort just in time for lunch and bask under the sun for a good tan. Cap the night off by visiting bars and restaurants along the shoreline of Alona. Mind you, bars in Alona beach is not like in Boracay so don't expect a crowded bar with lots of people dancing and bands. But if you want pure drinking, few dancing and some intimate moments, this is the perfect spot.
Fourth and last day
|Photo by Mike Vargas|
Manila Bound: Expect to be in Manila 2:30 or 3:00 in the afternoon if flight is not delayed, which is very rare to happen. Unpack your things, take a rest while reviewing your photos and reliving your one of a kind adventure at Bohol.
* Written for and first published on WikiPinas Travel Guide